Joshua Velez '17
Joshua Velez ’17 says Financial Services is one of the “most well-rounded majors” Bryant has to offer.
“You’re touching everything here,” he says. “There are marketing classes, finance classes, legal classes, accounting classes. Not every major has that opportunity to touch so many facets of business and I knew immediately once I saw those class requirements that that was the major for me.”
Velez, now a financial analyst at Horvath & Tremblay, an investment real estate brokerage firm, says his Financial Services concentration “complemented perfectly” with his minor, Legal Studies.
“They went hand in hand,” he says. “One of my Financial Services requirements was a law class, so it just made sense to seek out more legal classes that related back to my major.”
Velez says he originally wanted to pursue a career in wealth management, but his classes at Bryant helped him decide on a different path — one that puts him face to face with clients.
“I want to talk to people, get outside and conduct business. I believe Financial Services gave me the best of both worlds with a really good background in finance coupled with the legal background in business. It allows me to do anything.”
While a student at Bryant, Velez was president of the Bryant Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, which was named one of the top three in the nation in 2016. He also completed internships at The Bulfinch Group and CBRE/New England, the latter of which he received through the Amica Center for Career Education.
“It was amazing. I saw it on the career center website and I applied and received a phone call the next day,” he says. “Two weeks later I received the internship.”
The idea that anything is possible is something Velez believes is instilled in the culture at Bryant.
“There are very few places in the world that have the ability to shape who you are, and help you to develop as a person,” he says. “People always say college is really a place where you find yourself, but I feel like that sentiment is truer than ever at Bryant. The tight-knit community, the size of our school, the quality of our professors and the quality of the people who are creates an atmosphere of success.”
Real World Experience
Executive Board member, Bryant University Student Senate
• Responsible for the communication and collaboration between the Senate body and University administration
President, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization
• Responsible for executing multiple strategic objectives to further CEO’s mission in promoting entrepreneurial spirit on campus
Vice President, Community Activism and Leadership Organization
• Assisted with CALO's effort to inspire people to focus on social good, living a community-based lifestyle, and creating community activists
Commercial real estate intern, CBRE/New England
• Assigned to Debt & Structured Finance, an arm of the Capital Markets team
Wealth management intern, The Bulfinch Group
• Shadowed financial professionals profiling and analyzing investment/insurance products to develop customized financial strategies for clients' financial needs
A Connected Community
Bryant's purposeful student life delivers co-curricular immersion with an inspiring, collegial community. Students forge deep connections that last a lifetime.
An international student found the support she needed to further her goal of becoming a voice for others.
“One of our tasks as educators is to challenge [students], encourage them and nurture them so that they graduate as individuals ready to do something positive.”